Know about TAN

Know about TAN

What is TAN?

Tax Deduction Account Number or Tax Collection Account Number is a 10 -digit alpha-numeric number issued by the Income-tax Department. TAN is to be obtained by all persons who are responsible fordeducting tax at source (TDS) or who are required to collect tax at source (TCS).

Why do a Person require TAN?

Any person who deducts tax at source need TAN to do so. Deducting tax at source cannot be done without TAN

As per Section 203A of income tax act, it is mandatory for all persons who deduct TDS are required to quote his TAN in all communications regarding TDS with Income tax department and failure to do so attracts a penalty of Rs 10,000

How to apply for TAN?

There are two modes for applying for TAN:

  1. OFFLINE – An application for allotment of TAN is to be filed in Form 49B in duplicate and submitted to any TIN-FC. Addresses of TIN FCs are available at NSDL TIN website (
  2. ONLINE — Online application for TAN can be made from the website of NSDL TIN website.

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